Meat, Dairy Prices Rising

Officials: Increased Demand A Factor

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Posted: April 8, 2014

Sandy Flick, 42, and her daughter, Kayla, 19, of Crimora, shop for steaks at Red Front Supermarket in Harrisonburg on Wednesday afternoon. The USDA is forecasting increases in consumer prices of 2.5 to 3 percent for dairy products and 3 to 4 percent for beef and veal for 2014. (Photos by Michael Reilly / DN-R)
Samantha Morris, 25, and her son Isaac, 2, of Mount Solon, shop in the meat department at Red Front Supermarket on Chicago Avenue in Harrisonburg on Wednesday. A recent USDA report shows the price of beef and veal to consumers jumped 4 percent from January to February.

HARRISONBURG — The prices farmers are receiving for dairy and meat have spiked over the past year, and only a crystal ball will tell when they will level off or go down.

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